While it is interesting to know ‘how’ Crop Stop 2.0 is being shaped, it is important for us to remember ‘why’ it is happening. Eating, buying, and supporting businesses locally is an almost cliched initiative today. The act of doing so has become foreign to many people. It’s an understandable logic when you look at the fact that you can get a bowl of noodles from the other side of the world for about 10 cents. Though monetarily sound, what are we really paying?
For this I would like to turn you to farmer, philosopher, and author of The One-Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka:
“Food and medicine are not two different things: they are the front and back of one body.”
Its been proven that locally cultivated honey cures and prevents most allergies. What could eating exclusively native foods do for you? This is a key point for every human to consider. If we did so, I think eating and buying locally would make a lot more sense and seem very much worth the while to most people.
Local, fresh foods are not only healthy for the individual, but also for the whole. This is true socially and economically: interactions are facilitated within the community, and money circulates internally. But how is a farmer to compete with globally marketed, mega-company prices?
He/She can’t. That’s why it is our job (the all-powerful consumer) to support our local men and women in the field.
Enter Crop Stop.
For our personal and community health, I’d like to direct you to Mr. Fukuoka one more time:
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”